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Hi, im 16 years old and I get these wierd headaches.. When im laying down I get headaches but when I sit back up im fine.. I remember I had this kind of a headache before but it went away but now I just recently started having it again. It's wierd.. If I turn and lay on the right side of my head, I start get a headache on that side and when I turn to lay on the left side I get pain on that side, same if I lay on my back as well. I went to the docter about this and he said it's probably just the weather or maby its allergies or sinus problems, so he gave me benydril. Has anyone ever had this type of headache?

I'm pretty paranoid when it comes to headaches now because I always start to search it up and it leads to stuff like brain tumors and menijits and stuff..


Last edited by JamesHa on November 10th, 2005 06:31 PM; edited 1 time in total
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replied September 14th, 2005
Based on what i've read (and my own treatment) my guess is that your spinal fluid may be either too low or too high. This can be controlled with medication or a shunt to drain off excess fluid. A neurologist can test your spinal fluid level to see if this is the problem. He or she will also be able to rule out any other causes for your headaches. I recommend seeing a neuro with experience treating headache.


-kerrie
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replied September 17th, 2005
Low or high spinal fluid? Ive never heard of anything like that.. Can it lead to anything bad like menijitis or somthing?
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replied October 5th, 2005
Low or high spinal fluid doesn't lead to meningitis, but it's still not a good thing. If it goes untreated for years, someone with it may have trouble thinking, remembering words, and so on.

A doctor can check this out with a spinal tap or mri. It can be controlled with medication or, if the pressure is too high, a shunt that drains the extra fluid. It sounds a little scary, but it's actually relatively mild and treatable.

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond... I haven't been around for a while.

-kerrie
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replied November 6th, 2005
Please get an mr scan done to rule out a cyst in the brain which blocks the csf pathways
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replied November 10th, 2005
Thank you for the responses.. Well so far everything been okay.. But recently it returned again.. So I went about 4 maby 5 weeks withought any problem.. And before those 4 5 weeks I went to the docter and he still said the same thing.. And plus I was getting checked for add so yea.. Can you give me more info on that cyst? I might just print this all out and show my dad because im tired of being worried.


Once again the headaches are weird there not unbearable.. But kind of annoying and it bothers me to the point where I start getting kinda depressed.. I wouldn't say it makes me naseated because I can still eat fine but last night I layed there for a few seconds okay.. Then slowly I can start feeling a slight pressure headache on the back of my head.. I try to lay on my sides which help a lil and the pressure headache starts to slowly get on the side of head where I lay down.. Now if I lay there long enough maby 30 min the headache goes away, sometimes ill feel a faint one coming back but not enough to bother me and keep me awake.. When I wake up I feel I fine and I eat breakfast and go on to school but in a few hours I start getting slight headaches on the side of my head, I think there called temple lobs? Later on my headaches just go away or there is still a slight faint one..


I know I should be going to some special docter for all this but I just don't wanna put my parents through all this trouble and hearing all the mr scan and spinal tap sounds expensive
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replied November 10th, 2005
Oh and also during those 4 5 weeks withought any headaches or problems, I was playing basketball and practice had a lot of running.. After practice I would kind of get a throbbing headache which I thought was normal since my friend also gets them sometimes.. Anyways what i'm trying to say is maby all that running helped it out? I'm not sure but once I got cut from the team which was 2 days ago I started getting the wierd headaches again
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replied December 11th, 2005
Headache Sleeping On Back
James, are you still having the same headaches? Have you learned anything more about the cause or solution?

I started having the symptoms on nov 20th 2005. I have the same problem where I can go to sleep on my side. However, when I turn on my back, I start feeling some pressure in back of head and "drainage" sensation in front of head. Then nausea (and sometimes chills) follow. If I turn to my side, the nausea, chills and headache begin to subside.

During the day, I just feel a little depressed, especially as nighttime approaches. At work, I sit in same position all day as a programmer and am starting to have trouble concentrating toward end of day.

Doctors have tried midrin which did almost no good. And amitriptylin which manages to keep headache away (mostly) during the day but has side effect of fatigue. I'm seeing a headache neurologist specialist tomorrow so hopefully will be able to find out more.
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replied December 11th, 2005
Yes, I still have the headaches and I havn't learned anything new on it.. I don't know whats wrong and im really getting sick of it.. Your symptoms seem pretty similar to mine but I still get those pressure headaches even on my sides but it does help a little to lay on my side and if lay on my side long enough(maby 10 min withought moving) the pain will go away.. On some days I also feel a lil depressed.. I mean not enough to mess up my whole day but I can still talk and stuff to my friends.. Its just a slight wierd feeling and the headaches I have during the day are very light but bother me to where it makes me a lil depresed..

And for your naseated symptoms.. I had that symptoms 3 months ago when I had these same headaches but they just went away and now im just having those pressure headaches when I lay down

if you find some new information from your docter please post it here and thank you for posting, im glad someone else besides me knows what im going though
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replied December 22nd, 2008
headache when lying down
Have a cat scan, I had the same problem. I was diagnosed with a sphenoid sinus infection. You need very strong antibiotics!
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replied April 2nd, 2009
Same Probs
I can lie in bed and not have a headache til after i am asleep. However if i have to get up and go to the loo or anything even turning over in the bed. I can feel a slight headache on my right hand side on the top of my head. For about the same length of time i have had permanant pins and needles in my left hand side (2 smallest fingers). Could this be related?

The headache is there in the morning but only for a few minutes then its gone.
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replied September 20th, 2009
I have similar symptoms to the ones listed above as well.
I wake up with a headache on the side I have slept on.

I have had headaches that are intermittent and dull or strong and throbbing headaches that last hours.

Eyes sore, tired, sometimes throbbing

Little nausea and vomiting once

Dizziness when bending over.

I have had a brain CT scan for tumors as well as my eyes checked and received an all clear on that. I am worried because I have had these symptoms for abut a month and a half and I don't know what it can be and you have to be your own doctor sometimes to figure it out.
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replied October 2nd, 2009
Migrains & Nausea
I am having the same symptoms...Waking in the middle of the night with severe headache or migraine and nausea. It's been going on for about a month now. I am also freezing when I go to bed, but end up throwing the extra blankets off in the night (no fever). No insurance, so I've not had it checked out yet. Someone told me it could be high blood pressure so I am going to buy a cuff and work from there.

I am a female in my early 30's and never had migrains except while pregnant. (no, i'm not pregnant now.)
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replied October 25th, 2009
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Pains in neck and head at night
Hi,

I too have the nocturnal headaches. I have them when I lie down (regardless whether I sleep), and they can be horrible. No Cluster-headaches, fortunately.

The headaches are always on the right side of my neck and head and I sleep extremely poorly as a result. Usually not more than a few hours; it is pretty debilitating. Most of the days the pain is also present during the day, although significantly less than during the nights.

It is interesting that it matters how I lie in my bed. Lying on my right side makes things worse, lying on my left side is better (less bad).

The good news is that the pains can go away when I lie in a specific position. Lying on my left side leaning on my arm with my head can give almost instant relief. It doesn't always work, but when it does all pain is gone in seconds. Very interesting, to me it shows that a mechanical problem in the neck is the cause of these pains in my neck and head. Anyone else have this??

I'm thinking about Eagle Syndrome, currently trying to get it diagnosed. Is there anyone here to whom this sounds familiar? If yes, I look forward to hearing from you.
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replied April 13th, 2012
hi,iv been getting headaches since the last 25 yrs.iv been treated for acidity,sinus,stress,everything.i still get headaches,yes even the one you get,when i sleep which ever side.dr gave me a pain killer called neprosyn.i get up with a headache v often,sp when im over tired,or when iv eaten out,spicy food.i do not eat things that trigger migraine.and try and keep my bowels clean.it helps.
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replied August 19th, 2010
Weebo - I'm currently having exactly the same problems as you described with headaches when I lay down, some positions relieve them and then other times I cannot get into a comfortable position and unless I get up, I get a pounding headache, sometimes turns into a migraine and makes me sick, shaky etc. Like you one side is often worse than the other, but this changes. Did you find out the cause of yours?? I am about to book a doctors appointment and feel it would be good to go armed with info so they can't fob me off.
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replied August 25th, 2010
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Hi Wilki,

Do you sleep with your cell phone turned on or have a DECT phone in your bedroom, or wireless computer set up?
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replied August 25th, 2010
Hi WIFI1 - thanks for the reply. I have a wireless hub/network in the house, the hub is in the room below the bedroom, and I often leave my mobile/cell phone on. Wierdly since my post only 1 headache as I have been trying putting a pillow/towel under my neck and only using 1 pillow, but this could be coincidence as it comes and goes. Thanks again.
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replied August 25th, 2010
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Well mate, your Wi Fi hub in your house will be one thing that will be causing many of your symptoms, turn them off, but sadly if your computer system works through your mobile phone or cordless home communications system then you have a problem. If you have a cable set up with a wireless modem then you should be able to convert your set up to cable.

Your mobile phone will also be a causation factor also, turn it off.

They are all a mean machine and are the reasons for so many undiagnosable illnesses. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was the first indication of an illness that is caused by electro magnetic radiation.

Placing a towel under your neck can be a help, I find sleeping on two pillows that are not too thick as being helpful for a peaceful sleep.

Sadly, the proliferation of the airway are going to be the asbestos and cigarette smoking replacement. Cancer and tumours are on the increase and so is EMR.
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replied August 25th, 2010
Thanks very much for the advice, I will be switching everything off - and hope to goodness that I have a night where I wake up refreshed very soon, which isn't easy at the best of times with a one year old daughter Wink Am also thinking of seeing a chiropractor as convinced part of the problem is my neck at the very top/base of the skull as it permanently feels achey. Thanks again for your help.
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replied August 26th, 2010
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Yes, please do switch it all off, including modems and routers. You should also be concerned that you have a baby. My advice to you is to turn it all off if you are not using it. Just for peace of mind.

Have you a cable phone system, or do you rely on Wi Fi wireless home communications?

I pray that you haven't a baby monitor in your baby's room, because they are also Wi Fi emitters?

Now I'll give you and exercise to do with your neck.

Sit upright in a chair; lower your head gently, with your chin resting on your chest. Place your hands upon your head, hands clasped together. Pull head down gently, pressing your chin firmly against your chest. Hold for a count of five.

Release the pressure gently, then place your hands under your chin, push your chin backwards as far as you can, looking up toward the ceiling, and hold for the count of five. Release and allow head to come back to the upright position.

Turn your head to the left, as far as you can go, and hold for a brief time.

Turn your head to the right, as far as you go, and hold for a brief time.

Turn you head right and left at least three times.

Lower your head to your chest, and then bring you head backwards looking at the ceiling. Do this at least three times.

Then go back a repeat the first step, and continue through all other steps. Each time try to take the exercise further in its limits.

Do this morning and night, and I believe that you will find some relief from a stiff neck. But, if it hurts acutely, then see a medical consultant.
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